NGO ANIMAL RIGHTS CENTER JAPAN

AOI(estimated age: 2 years)

Her left leg would not move, broken wings, and exposed skin.
Not only the left leg, but also her both humeri (in her blades) showed signs of several fractures, and yet no treatment had been given. So the bones were pointing the wrong directions.
She was estimated to be around the same age as the other hens, but her body was extraordinarily light and small. Also, her bones were barely shown in the x-ray due to her thin bone density.

The Medical Report

Species: hen
v Sex: Female
Name: Aoi
Weight: 1.25kg
Reason of visit: Feathers are missing
Examination: X-ray
Result: Trace of bone fractures in humeri, blade bones not showing in the x-ray, possibility of thin bone density Diagnosis: possibility of lack of calcium due to the number of bone fracture traces and bone density.
As for her feathers, they were not missing but rather, ripped, so that the problem possibly had come from the environment in the facility. (it was pointed out that the feathers were probably torn out in the small cage)

Examined on April 8th 2016

Mei (estimated age: 2 years)

Her abdomen was large and swollen.
There was liquid in the abdomen, with an object floating in it.
It was possible that the egg yolk and white were clogged in her oviduct, and also there could be a tumor as well. Breathing would become difficult, which could cause death, unless the pressure of abdomen was released, but she could also die from fatigue if she received an operation since she would need to be strong enough to bear it, as well as recover from it.

There was a trace of a bone fracture in her left ulna, and was set pointing in the wrong direction.
A diuretic medicine was prescribed in order to release the liquid in her abdomen. If this does not work, the vet could operate, but alternatively, she could just improve her quality of life by sunbathing, spending the rest of her life without the surgery.

The Medical Report

Species: Hen
Sex: Female
Name: Mei
Weight: 2.05kg
Reason of visit: Swelling abdomen
Examination: echo check, X-ray
Result: confirmed there was liquid in her abdomen through an echo check. Was not able to confirm if there were egg products including eggshells via x-ray but there was a trace of a bone fracture in her ulna.
Diagnosis: It was suggested she might have a follicular cyst, abdominal dropsy, and liquid reserve in her ovarian duct. Though, we were not able to confirm through x-ray, egg yolk and white could be stored in the ovarian duct and there could be egg clogging.


Treatment: Prescribed Lasix (diuretic medicine) for 7 days

Examined on April 8th 2016

Ume (estimated age: 2 years)

Both legs are immobile, bedridden.
The right leg has joint dislocation, and the left has a fracture.
The fractured part in the left leg appears to have internal bleeding as well. Both legs have set in wrong directions.
It would be too difficult to fix the fracture because it would require breaking the bone again with full anesthesia. Via X-ray, abnormal calcification was observed so a possibility of abnormal calcium metabolism was pointed out. Her astasia-abasia cannot be treated surgically, so it was suggested to just improve her quality of life.
It was advised to give a donut-shaped pillow that fits her body to prevent pressure sore, feed should be placed beside her mouth, she should be kept clean since hens dislike it when their wings are dirty, and trim if the feathers around her bottom get in the way.

The Medical Report

Species: Hen
Sex: Female
Name: Ume
Weight: 1.9kg
Reason of visit: astasia-abasia
Examination: X-ray
Result: confirmed there was dislocation in her right knee and fracture in her left femur.
Also, observed diffused millet-sized lime (calcification) around pubis around abdomen and femur, as well as around knee joints.
Diagnosis: astasia-abasia is due to the chronic dislocation in her right knee, is diagnosed unrecoverable. Abraded wound was also observed around sternum, so suggested a donut-shaped pillow.

Treatment: Prescribed Keflex (antibiotic) for 5 days

Examined on April 8th 2016

"The number one issue of hens is they are forced to lay eggs in large quantities"

The veterinarian who examined the culled hens this time said she had dissected 150 culled hens when she was a college student. 90% of them had some sort of disease in their ovary or ovarian duct. Some hens had eggs clogged as well as ovarian cysts, and others had adenocarcinoma in the ovarian duct. She also talked about hens who had fractures or low bone density due to lack of calcium. Most animals have consistent density of calcium in the blood. However, hens utilize calcium to produce eggs. After all calcium is used up for eggshells, they start using calcium for moving ovary duct. After this is repeated many times, functions for utilization of calcium gets messed up even if hens receive calcium from their feed.

Hens usually lay only 20 eggs a year. But, after repeated selective breeding to produce more eggs, hens have been turned into animals that lay 300 eggs per year.
As a result their eggs get stuck in ovarian ducts, as they are not able to secrete and excrete due to exhaustion of ovary and ovarian duct. Calcium is used for egg production and storage of calcium does not function even though they receive calcium. Furthermore, hens, by nature, walk around, hop, sleep in trees, pick worms, and eat grass. And yet, they have zero movement in these battery cages. Is it possible to maintain health in such conditions?

We are the ones who put such a burden on hens.
Mass production of eggs will not stop as long as mass consumption lasts.
Wounded and bruised hens will endlessly continue.

Know the reality of egg production in Japan

Take action now!

  • Reduce egg consumption
  • Stop eating eggs * nutrition in eggs can be taken from other foods.
  • Choose eggs that animal welfare has taken into account, such as free-range eggs
  • Send a message to supermarkets and corporations
    to change to free-range eggs.

Please switch to free-range or cage-free eggs.

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